The many bays, inlets and islands in the Shark Bay region support a profusion of aquatic life – turtles, dolphins, whales, dugong, prawns, scallops and vast arrays of fish.
Communities of corals, sponges and other invertebrates, together with a unique mix of tropical and temperate fish species, have also formed in some areas. The wide intertidal flats on the shores of Shark Bay support a unique community of burrowing molluscs, hermit crabs and other invertebrates.
But the very foundation of Shark Bay’s ecosystem is the seagrass – endless meadows of it! In fact, Shark Bay has the largest area of seagrass and the largest number of species ever recorded in one place in the world.
Whereas there is only one species of seagrass in most of North America and Europe, in Shark Bay there are 12 species, and, in some places in the Bay, nine can be identified in a single square metre. This makes the marine park an important part of the wider Shark Bay World Heritage Area.
The marine habitats of Shark Bay Marine Park offer many shallow, but highly recommended, diving and snorkelling sites. Don’t miss Monkey Rock and the wreck of the Gudrun, rated by the Western Australian Maritime Museum as one of the State’s best wreck dives.
Fish species in the area include estuary cod, many species of brightly coloured wrasse such as cleaner fish and green moon wrasse, scissortail sergeant, lined butterfly fish, varieties of surgeonfish and stunning angelfish.
On a unique section of World Heritage coastline overlooking the famous dolphin beach. We have a wide variety of accommodation styles and facilities. Relaxed atmosphere to delight those with a love of nature. Huge variety of mammal and bird life, native flora and fauna such as the Dugong. Many wild creatures frequently seen near the resort.
We strive on delivering friendly and efficient service. You will enjoy chatting with the many characters of Shark Bay who entertain us and our visitors with their stories. You can spend even more time at the hotel by staying in one of our 11 motel rooms which are designed to give you a comfortable sleep without breaking your budget.
Blue Dolphin Caravan Park and Holiday Village is your best value for money in Denham Western Australia. We’re right at the heart of the Shark Bay and close to Monkey Mia. The beach and supermarket are just a few steps away from our front entrance. It’s simply a perfect location.
Hamelin Pool accommodation and camping on a working sheep station. Next door to the famous stromatolites. Ideal to visit Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Monkey Mia and Steep Point. Well-appointed rooms in rustic surrounds. Individual campsites and first class shower/toilet block. Our hosts are waiting to welcome you.
The Hamelin Pool Caravan Park is located in the Shark Bay World Heritage area, and includes self-contained accommodation. Take a guided tour of the Old Telegraph Station, discover the stromatolites, relax at the tea room with a meal or a drink, enjoy the beautiful sunset and stay overnight in our comfortable self contained units.Take a guided tour of the Old Telegraph Station, discover the stromatolites, relax at the tea room with a meal or a drink, enjoy the beautiful sunset and stay overnight at the Hamelin Pool Caravan Park… an unforgettable experience.
Located beside the ocean in Shark Bay, Tradewinds Seafront Apartments offer self-contained waterfront holiday apartments and is the ideal accommodation for your visit to Denham and the famous Monkey Mia dolphins.
Beachfront villas at Oceanside Village offer modern 3½ * AAA rated, self contained beach front holiday resort villas at excellent prices and just a short drive to the Monkey Mia dolphin beach, and the gateway to Francois Peron National Park. Free WiFi & Foxtel, ample boat and trailer parking, swimming pool, guest laundry and BBQ area.
Fabulous beach front location. Spectacular ocean views. Walking distance to boat ramps, beaches, restaurants, shops and hotels. Free Wifi hotspot at reception. Large powered sites. Free gas BBQ’s located throughout the park, big camp kitchen. Only 15 minute drive to see the famous dolphins.
Embracing the dramatic beauty of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, the Eco Lodge is a rustic retreat where guests can ‘Escape and Discover’.
The 6 guests rooms and private villa blend simple elegance with luxury and comfort, offering stunning ocean views. The Eco Lodge is a destination in which to relax and reconnect with yourself, family and environment.
Alternatively, get a group together for a 4WD camping escape. The island is limited to 10 4WD vehicles at any one time. So get a group of 10 vehicles (20 people) and have the entire island to yourselves.
Our Shark Bay resort accommodation offers exceptional value to discerning travellers. All resort facilities are first class. Recreation and dining services are without peer. As part of the World Heritage Listed Shark Bay area you can be assured of a warm welcome and personalised hospitality.
Francois Peron National Park is an untouched coastal wonderland where red sand cliffs meet pure white sandy beaches and azure blue water. With numerous crystal clear lagoons, abundant sea life, emus and kangaroos is a real 4WD Adventure!
The Pearl Farm just off Red Bluff is an 8 minute boat trip. It is an area with an abundance of marine life including dugongs, sharks, rays and turtles, and is a World Heritage area. You have the chance to see all this aboard the new boat, the Blue Lagoon Pearl. Then you will be taken onto the Sea Lab pontoon to watch seeding, cultivating and harvesting of pearls, and learn about other facets of this industry from one of the Morgan family (either Rob or his son Corey who is now a 4 generation farmer.).
FRANCOIS PERON NATIONAL PARK, DIRK HARTOG ISLAND, STEEP POINT
Join us for a adventure and excitement in Shark Bay and is a mecca for nature lovers around the world.
The region is an excellent four wheel driving area, with red sand dunes covered by acacia and surrounded, by the beautiful waters of the Shark Bay World Heritage area. Dramatic cliffs and white sandy beaches complete the picturesque natural landscape.
Wula Guda Nyinda Eco Adventures operates a Didgeridoo Dreaming night tour, kayaking and snorkelling tours, and 4WD adventures tours designed like no other to explore the cultural ties of the local Nhanda and Malgana Aboriginal people to Gutharraguda (local Aboriginal name for Shark Bay meaning ‘Two Waters’).
The Ocean Park Aquarium near Denham is an exciting ecotourism venture that gives visitors the opportunity to see and learn about the wonders of the marine environment. Opened in July 2000, Ocean Park is now a popular tourism attraction as well as a recognised conservation and marine research facility.
Sail one of the world’s most important animal behavioural research sites. Year round there are friendly dolphins, shy green turtles and huge loggerhead turtles. The warmer months bring in herds of dugong, tiger and hammerhead sharks, sea-snakes, stingrays, schools of bait fish, tuna and mackerel, flying and skipping fish, and internationally migrating birds.
Join a cruise aboard the awesome 18 metre sailing catamaran Aristocat 2 and watch dolphins and dugongs and marine life in the wild at Monkey Mia. The only boat licensed by Department Parks and Wildlife to enter the Restricted Mammal Interaction Zone.
Showcasing internationally inspired collections with today’s interactive technology, the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre is a ‘must see’ on any travellers itinerary. Its a self guided tour and your entry fee includes a multi day pass so if you don’t manage to get through all the displays you can return again to continue your Shark Bay journey (just keep your receipt)
Here you can discover the ‘real’ Shark Bay, full of natural wonders, world heritage, adventure and historic treasures of Dutch, English and French explorers from as early as 1616.
All tours are customised to your preferred style and location. Full and half-day tours include Shell Beach, Stromatolites, Eagle Bluff and Ocean Park. Airport, Monkey Mia and Denham passenger transfers are available all hours.